Wasp and Bee Management: A Common Sense Approach

Publication Number: NRAES-185
Cost: $14.00
Length: 88 pages
Published: 2011
ISBN: 9781933395227
Authors: Jody Gangloff-Kaufman
Features: 60+ color photos, 22 species described, 5-inch by 8-inch spiral bound

Book Description | Table of Contents | About the Author | Sample Pages


This 88-page full-color book is an in-depth reference based on the principles of integrated pest management (IPM). It includes detailed identification information for wasp, hornet, yellow jacket, and bee species. The risk for stings, swarms, and property damage is discussed and non-chemical recommendations are given if action is appropriate. The spiral–bound, 5-inch by 8-inch book is easy to use when scouting for wasps and bees around the landscape, home, school, or business.


The book has 60 +color photographs, plus descriptive profiles of over 22 wasp and bee species, detailing habitat, appearance, behavior, risk level, and more. It also includes instructions on trap-assembly, a checklist outlining seasonal management tasks, an appendix to help identify common species and their risk level, and a list of resources for further information.



Table of Contents



About the Author 


Chapter 1. Wasps and Bees

            Managing with IPM

                        Inspection and Monitoring           

                        Record Keeping           

                        Prevention, Sanitation, and Food Removal

                        Nest Removal and Exclusion


                        Insecticides for the Control of Wasps and Bees

                        IPM Checklist for Wasp and Bee Management

                        (for Buildings and Grounds)

            Wasp and Bee Stings

                         First Response for Wasp and Bee Stings

                        Steps to Follow if a Person Is Stung           

                        Prevention of Wasp and Bee Stings           

Chapter 2. Common Wasps and Bees of the

Northeastern United States

            Wasps and Bees Are Beneficial Insects

            Paper-Nest-Building Social Wasps (High Risk)

                        Yellow Jackets           

                        Paper Wasps

                        European Hornet

            Social and Solitary Bees (Moderate Risk)

                        European Honey Bee

                        Africanized Honey Bee

                        Bumble Bees

                        Carpenter Bee

             Solitary Wasps and Bees (Low or No Risk)

                         Mud Daubers, Potter Wasps, and Mason Wasps

                        Eastern Cicada Killer Wasp

                        Scoliid Wasps

                        Spider Wasps

                        Ground-Nesting Bees

                        Giant Resin Bee

Appendix: Quick ID of Wasps and Bees and Sting Risk Level


Additional Resources


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List of Sidebars


Creating a Yellow Jacket Vacuum Trap

Things Never to Do to Control Wasps and Bees

Steps to Follow if a Person Is Stung

Prevention of Wasp and Bee Stings

About the Africanized Honey Bee


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About the Author


Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann is a Senior Extension Associate with the New York State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program at Cornell University and specializes in urban entomology and community IPM. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Entomology at Cornell University in the field of agricultural entomology. She was inspired to pursue her degree by Bernd Heinrich’s book entitled Bumblebee Economics.


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